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UNION BANK AND KQED HONOR BAY AREA AFRICAN AMERICANS AS LOCAL HEROES



For Immediate Release

Contacts: 
Jane Yedinak
(415) 765-3241
jane.yedinak@unionbank.com

Sam Curley
(415) 505-9064
samcurley@comcast.net




Union Bank and KQED honor four extraordinary Bay Area African American Local Heroes at the 17th Annual Local Heroes Awards celebration at the KQED in San Francisco. (L-R): Harlan L. Kelly, Jr., Assistant General Manager, Infrastructure Division of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; Edna James, President, Commission on Aging and Adult Services for the City of San Francisco and Chair, African American Community Partnership of the Department of Aging and Adult Services; Dr. Frank O. Brown, Founder and Executive Director, Hillcare Foundation for Health; and Don Johnson, Tennis Pro and Coach, Los Paseos Lobsters Junior Tennis, Backesto Backhanders Junior Tennis and Bramhill Strings Junior Tennis. Photo Credit: Alain McLaughlin.


 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 14, 2012 – Union Bank, N.A., and KQED recently partnered to honor four extraordinary Bay Area African American Local Heroes during the 17th Annual Local Heroes Awards celebration held at the KQED in San Francisco on February 7, 2012. This year’s honorees received their awards in recognition of their leadership and dedication to serving their communities:

  • Dr. Frank O. Brown, Founder and Executive Director, Hillcare Foundation for Health
  • Edna James, President, Commission on Aging and Adult Services for the City of San Francisco and Chair, African American Community Partnership
  • Don Johnson, Tennis Pro and Coach, Los Paseos Lobsters Junior Tennis, Backesto Backhanders Junior Tennis and Bramhill Strings Junior Tennis
  • Harlan L. Kelly, Jr., Assistant General Manager, Infrastructure Division of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission


"The contributions of these local heroes are positively impacting our communities every day through their leadership and dedication," said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community Banking. "They possess tremendous passion, and we applaud their commitment to serve."

The awards celebration was hosted by Glynn Washington of KQED’s “Snap Judgment” and included music performed by Terrance Kelly and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and several performances by various Bay Area artists, including:
  • Chas Jackson, Actor, Storyteller, Teacher and Poet
  • L. Abdul Kenyatta, Poet
  • Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Comedian and Storyteller
  • nerCity, Poet and Storyteller
  • Sonya Renee, Poet and Storyteller


Video profiles of each honoree, broadcast on KQED, were shown prior to the presentation of the awards to highlight their commitment and dedication to community service. To view the local heroes video profiles, please visit http://www.kqed.org/community/heritage/. For more information about the Local Heroes Awards, please also visit unionbank.com/heroes.

The Local Heroes awards program is scheduled to air on these KQED stations:
KQED 9 and KQED HD:
Saturday, February 25 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 26 – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, February 27 – 1:00 a.m.

KQED Plus:
Sunday, February 26 – 4:00 p.m.

KQED Life:
Sunday, February 26 – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 29 – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 1 – 3:00 a.m.


The 2013 Black History Month nominations open in November 2012.



About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $89.7 billion at December 31, 2011. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 414 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas and New York, as well as two international offices, on December 31, 2011. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.

About KQED
KQED (kqed.org) has served Northern California for more than 50 years and is affiliated with NPR and PBS. KQED owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KTEH 54 (San Jose/Bay Area), and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); KQED Public Radio (88.5FM San Francisco and 89.3FM Sacramento); the interactive platforms kqed.org, kteh.org, and KQEDnews.org; and KQED Education. KQED Public Television, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations, is the producer of local and national series such as QUEST; Check, Please! Bay Area; This Week in Northern California; Truly CA; and Essential Pépin. KQED's digital television channels include 9HD, Life, World, Kids, and V-me, and are available 24/7 on Comcast. KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny and The California Report, is one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service delivering more than eighteen local newscasts daily. KQED Interactive hosts KQED’s cross-platform news service, KQED News, as well as offers video and audio podcasts and a live radio stream at kqed.org. KQED Education brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents, and the general public through workshops, community screenings, and multimedia resources.